Robert Downey Jr. Has Father Issues in New THE JUDGE Trailer

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Warner Bros. has released a new The Judge trailer for director David Dobkin’s upcoming drama, and it goes rather heavy on the sentimentality.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  Reviews out of the film’s TIFF premiere weren’t great and this trailer lays on the schmaltz pretty hard, but Downey Jr. still manages to be engaging.  I was also somewhat surprised to find out that Steven Spielberg’s longtime collaborator Janusz Kaminski was the cinematographer on the pic, marking another rare foray outside of his Spielberg partnership.

Watch the new The Judge trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

New Trailer for THE JUDGE Amplifies the Drama, Puts Robert Downey Jr. in Crisis

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Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) upcoming thriller/family drama The Judge.  Robert Downey Jr. plays an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to learn that his estranged father (Robert Duvall), a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, has been accused of murder.  This new look at the film has a decidedly more emo, awards-baiting, tone than the first trailer.  I’m curious to see the film myself, as I can sit through a bad movie just for a good Downey Jr. performance, but the early word out of TIFF has not been kind (I suspect that we’ll have our own review of this one up soon).

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer for The Judge.  The film also stars Vera FarmigaVincent D’OnofrioJeremy StrongBilly Bob ThorntonDax ShepardLeighton MeesterKen HowardDavid KrumholtzBalthazar Getty, and Denis O’Hare.  The Judge opens in theaters on October 10th.

WEDDING CRASHERS Director David Dobkin in Talks to Helm Hugh Hefner Biopic for Warner Bros.

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The Hugh Hefner biopic is moving forward once again.  Universal and Imagine Entertainment initially set up a film about the Playboy founder a few years ago and even approached Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman about playing the title role, but the film never coalesced and Universal subsequently put it into turnaround.  The project is now taking hold at Warner Bros., where Variety reports that Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin is in talks to take the helm with Peter Morgan (Rush, Frost/Nixon) penning the screenplay.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Duvall to Star Alongside Robert Downey Jr. in THE JUDGE; Amy Ryan Joins Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BIRDMAN

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We’ve got a couple of exciting casting stories to share this afternoon.  First up, Robert Duvall is signing on to co-star with Robert Downey Jr. in the dramedy The Judge.  The folks at Variety report that Duvall is in final negotiations to play Downey Jr.’s father in the pic, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral where he learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.  Last fall we heard that Warner Bros. was attempting to coax Jack Nicholson to take on the father role and Tommy Lee Jones was apparently also in the mix, but Duvall won out in the end.

Hit the jump for more, including who’s in the running for the female lead and casting news for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s star-studded comedy Birdman.

Jack Nicholson Recruited to Serve as Robert Downey Jr.’s Father in THE JUDGE

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When last we reported on director David Dobkins’ dramedy The Judge, it was to announce that Bill Dubuque had come on to do a rewrite and that Robert Downey Jr. was producing the picture as a starring vehicle. Now it looks as if Warner Bros. has extended an unofficial offer to Jack Nicholson to play Downey Jr.’s father in the film. Originally penned by Nick Schenk with an intermediate rewrite from David Seidler, The Judge centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder. Hit the jump for more, including how Nicholson’s fussy track record of selecting roles may impact The Judge.

Ed Helms in Talks to Star as Rusty Griswold in VACATION

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It looks as if Ed Helms will be playing Rusty Griswold in New Line’s Vacation after all.  Rumors swirled earlier this year that Helms would be taking on the lead role in the continuation of the Vacation franchise, but when Steve asked him back in March if he was involved with the film he said he hadn’t had any conversations about the film.  Horrible Bosses screenwriters John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein signed on to direct their own script back in February, and now Helms has officially entered negotiations to star.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Downey Jr. to Star in Davin Dobkin’s Dramedy THE JUDGE; Bill Dubuque to Rewrite Script

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We last heard about The Judge a year ago when David Seidler, basking in the glow of his Oscar win for The King’s Speech, signed on to rewrite the dramedyDavid Dobkin (The Change-Up) is set to direct and produce alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.  In a report on Bill Dubuque coming in to do another rewrite, Deadline mentions that The Judge is now planned as a starring vehicle for Downey.  The story, originally scripted by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino), centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral.  He learns that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder.

Downey will film Iron Man 3 in a few weeks on the heels of the May 4 release of The Avengers.  After that, there’s a long list of projects the actor is attached to, including Tim Burton’s Pinocchio, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, and the Perry Mason reboot.  It seems unlikely The Judge will shoot to the top of the list, and Dobkin’s immediate focus is on Arthur & Lancelot.  But it could be a nice change of pace if and when Downey seeks a smaller production among these giant superhero tentpoles.  I’d nudge him toward Inherent Vice if I had a vote.

Colin Farrell Out of ARTHUR & LANCELOT

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While it seemed like Warner Bros.’ production of Arthur & Lancelot was finally on track with Colin Farrell (Phone Booth) set to star as Lancelot, the actor has reportedly pulled out due to scheduling issues. The troubled picture by writer/director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) has gone through a spate of casting issues as of late and was recently put on hold by the studio citing budgetary issues. Previously circulating actors include Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Joel Kinnaman (The Killing), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) and Marion Cotillard (Inception). The studio is reportedly eager to finalize a cast and we should be hearing more news on that front shortly. Hit the jump for more on the troubles of Arthur & Lancelot.

Warner Bros. Puts ARTHUR & LANCELOT Back on Track with Colin Farrell in Talks to Star

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For a while there it looked like Arthur & Lancelot was destined to linger in development hell for the next several years. Warner Bros. put the project in motion last year with David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, The Change-Up) set to direct his own script. The pic landed a couple of promising leads—Game of Thrones star Kit Harington as Arthur and The Killing star Joel Kinnaman as Lancelot—but the studio abruptly put the project on hold just before its January start date to address budget issues. When Harington and Kinnaman signed on to other projects (Haringon to The Seventh Son and Kinnaman as the lead in the Robocop remake), the film looked to be in doubt given that both would have to return to their respective TV series later this year. Cue: Colin Farrell. Hit the jump for more.

Warner Bros. Puts ARTHUR & LANCELOT on Hold; Pushes JACK THE GIANT KILLER 3D Back to 2013

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Not long after Warner Bros. was reportedly getting cold feet with the swelling budget of David Dobkin’s Arthur & Lancelot, it looks like the studio has officially hit the pause button. The film, starring Kit Herington (Game of Thrones) and Joel Kinnaman (The Darkest Hour) in a reimagined Arthurian legend, was supposed to open March 15, 2013. Dobkin (The Wedding Crashers) reportedly informed cast and crew that it “wasn’t looking good,” although studio insiders confirm they’re trying to make the project work. Warner envisions the tone of Arthur & Lancelot to be in a similar vein to their Sherlock Holmes franchise, but will have to negotiate budget and scheduling difficulties. Herington, will return to Game of Thrones this spring while Kinnaman is expected to segue into the film shoot after wrapping on AMC’s The Killing. The project may move forward without one or both of the actors. Hit the jump for news regarding the delay of Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer 3D and Rock of Ages.

David Dobkin’s ARTHUR & LANCELOT Could Be Nixed if Budget Isn’t Lowered

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Warner Bros. shelled out $2 million for the script to the Arthur & Lancelot and attached Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin to helm the potential tentpole flick.  However, when WB bought the movie, they thought they were looking at a $90 million flick, especially since they had saved money by hiring rising actors Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) and Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) to play the leads.  But Deadline reports that the studio is getting cold feat as the budget has ballooned to possibly $130 million.  Warner Bros. has reached the point where they’re willing to let Dobkin take the film to another studio that’s willing to foot the bill.  It’s not difficult to see Warners’ logic when you have two affordable but unproven stars and the continuing trend of declining ticket sales.

Hit the jump for a refresher on how Warner Bros. isn’t alone in willing to drop project in order to save costs.

THE CHANGE-UP Blu-ray Review

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David Dobkin’s The Change-Up arrived earlier this year following a marketing campaign pitched at the level of an out-of-control air siren, made a couple of bucks at the box office, and was then promptly forgotten about until now, when the film hit DVD and Blu-ray.  Admit it:  you didn’t even remember this film came out this year until you saw the title of this review.  You probably didn’t bother seeing it in theaters, but if you did, you’ve blocked it from your memory.  Now that it’s available on home video, you’ve got the option of either A) reliving the magic, or B) seeing Dobkin’s film for the very first time.  Should you?  Find out after the jump, folks.

GAME OF THRONES Star Kit Harington Lands King Arthur Role in ARTHUR & LANCELOT

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The odds of his character Jon Snow emerging victorious from the game of thrones on HBO’s Game of Thrones aren’t terribly promising; I mean, he doesn’t have any dragons or even a stable of prostitutes. But Kit Harington isn’t going to let that stop him from wearing a crown and stuff, as the young Brit has just booked his first starring film role, signing on to play King Arthur in writer-director David Dobkin’s forthcoming Arthur and Lancelot. Per Variety’s Showblitz blog, the 24-year-old thesp beat out Sam Claflin (The Pillars of the Earth) and Thrones co-star Richard Madden (aka Snow’s half-brother Robb Stark, aka King of the motherfucking North) in the screen-testing phase. Personally, I think Madden has more of a King Arthur vibe about him on the show, but I’m not complaining.

Harington joins Joel Kinnaman (standout on AMC’s The Killing), who was recently cast as Lancelot. The project is expected to begin shooting sometime in early 2012. Steve recently sat down with Dobkin, who spoke a bit about his plans for the film. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

GAME OF THRONES’ Kit Harrington and THE KILLING Star Joel Kinnaman Frontrunners for ARTHUR & LANCELOT

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Director David Dobkin (The Change-Up) is nailing down the cast for his period King Arthur project Arthur & Lancelot, and it looks like he’s closing on his leads. Game of Thrones star Kit Harrington and The Killing’s Joel Kinnaman have emerged as the frontrunners to take on the lead roles, per Heat Vision. When Dobkin sat down with Steve earlier this year, he talked about how he went back to the legend and pulled it apart for his PG-13 iteration, saying “I kept certain characters, I recreated the entire launch of the legend and why it starts the way that it starts.” Though plot details are under wraps, Dobkin did tease that the film is “wrapped around the birth of democracy as a concept and it’s positing Arthur as the first man to say all men are created equal.” Hit the jump for more, including what other actors tested for the roles.

Director David Dobkin Talks THE CHANGE-UP, JACK THE GIANT KILLER, R.I.P.D., His King Arthur Movie and the VACATION Reboot

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When I first heard that Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds were going to star in a body switching comedy, my first thought was, “Hasn’t this concept been beaten to death?”  But, when I found out the guys who wrote The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore) were writing the script and the director of Wedding Crashers (David Dobkin) was helming the project, I thought The Change-Up had the chance to be very funny.  And it is.  It’s actually the hardest I’ve laughed in a theater in a long time and I absolutely recommend checking it out this weekend.

Anyhow, I recently got to talk with David Dobkin on the phone.  We talked about how the project came together, how hard it was to get made, casting, his thoughts on extended editions and director’s cuts, and deleted scenes.  In addition, we talked about how he’s producing Jack the Giant Killer and R.I.P.D., his King Arthur movie, the Vacation reboot, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview.

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